Meyer Endorsed by Congressman Higgins

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            Steve Meyer, candidate for state Assembly in the 146th district, has been endorsed by Congressman Brian Higgins.

“Steve Meyer is the right choice for Western New York and will be a strong partner in the fight to revitalize the economy and ensure a bright future for local communities,” Higgins said. “Steve will work hard every day to be your voice in the Assembly and get real results.”

“Congressman Higgins and I have the same priorities, and we each understand that hardworking families deserve a fair tax code and young people deserve better economic opportunities so they can continue to call Western New York home,” said Meyer.

Steve Meyer is running for state Assembly to give a voice to the families of Western New York and because he believes they deserve better than what they’re getting from their current elected officials in Albany. As part of his commitment to serving the interests of Western New York families over special interests, Meyer is refusing to accept contributions from corporations or their lobbyists, the only candidate in the race to do so.

Meyer’s priorities include bringing good-paying jobs to Western New York, tax cuts for working families, ethics reform and investing in education. He is also committed to making the Women’s Equality Act law, so that New York State can finally ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.

Congressman Brian Higgins is a fifth term member of the United States House of Representatives serving New York’s 26th congressional district, which includes portions of Erie and Niagara counties.

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Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science


NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—There is a deep-seated fear among some Americans that an Ebola outbreak could make the country turn to science.

In interviews conducted across the nation, leading anti-science activists expressed their concern that the American people, wracked with anxiety over the possible spread of the virus, might desperately look to science to save the day.

“It’s a very human reaction,” said Harland Dorrinson, a prominent anti-science activist from Springfield, Missouri. “If you put them under enough stress, perfectly rational people will panic and start believing in science.”

Additionally, he worries about a “slippery slope” situation, “in which a belief in science leads to a belief in math, which in turn fosters a dangerous dependence on facts.”

At the end of the day, though, Dorrinson hopes that such a doomsday scenario will not come to pass. “Time and time again through history, Americans have been exposed to science and refused to accept it,” he said. “I pray that this time will be no different.”

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Comptroller Mychajliw Fails To Release Budget Report by October 15 Deadline

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Erie County Charter Requires Comptroller to Submit Report on Major Revenue and Expenses Included in 2015 Budget                                                                                                                                     

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Despite having two weeks to do so, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw failed to release his report on major revenue and expenses included in the 2015 Erie County Proposed Budget by the Erie County Charter mandated deadline of October 15, 2014. The tardy report was clocked in a day late at the Legislature this morning.

Specifically, Article 18, Section 1802 (o) of the Erie County Charter states: “On or before the 15th of October, review all revenue projections to be used in the proposed tentative budget prepared by the county executive and submit to the legislature in writing a report indicating whether or not the projections are suitable estimates for the ensuing year. Should the comptroller determine that the revenue projections are not suitable for the ensuing fiscal year, the legislature, upon notice from the comptroller may revise such projections downward upon a two-thirds majority vote. The legislature shall not revise such revenue projections upward.”

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said, “It is disappointing that Comptroller Mychajliw chose to violate the County Charter by failing to issue his mandated report on the revenue and expenses included in my 2015 Proposed Budget on time, despite having two weeks to do so.  Instead of completing and issuing the report by yesterday’s deadline, as mandated by the Charter, he decided to hold a press conference to criticize my budget even though he had not actually seen the budget; and we know that because a representative of the Budget Office attempted to hand deliver the copies of the 2015 Proposed Budget to the Comptroller yesterday but was stopped by his office’s staff because he was holding his press conference. The point of the mandate requiring the Comptroller’s office to issue the report is to put an independent eye on the various projections included in the budget to be sure they are reasonable. In failing to issue his report on time, he has failed to be the taxpayers’ watchdog he claims to be.”

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Would Buffalo Financial Advisor Recommend RiverBender Project?

By: Mike Madigan

Buffalo is being offered the opportunity to invest $1 Billion of its own money by NY State.

How that money is invested may determine Buffalo’s future prosperity. This investment should not be done rashly. Review the following assessment and comment on whether you would recommend such an investment:

Buffalo is being offered a total of $1B of its own money to invest in job creation and business development.

Cuomo has decided to invest over three quarters of that money ($750M) in one single investment/one single company (SolarCity) and the project is called Buffalo Riverbend.

How did we come to that decision – was it rash or well planned?
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If this was your future retirement money would you place three quarters of it on this investment. The real question is – is this an “investment” or an “extreme high stakes gamble”?

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Of course you wouldn’t.

This is just another crony capitalism feel good project of the great Dictator.  The object – a good PR photo, a crane as a prop – blah blah blah- just to get past the election.

I know little about  the industry but there is NO WAY that this would not be a project run by computers and robots.  I am a proponent of solar power and a full employment economy, but the cost to “create” these jobs is astronomical, assuming they ever got anywhere near their target numbers, which common sense says they won’t.

These folks hardly have a monopoly on this process or product.  It just smells like a rip off.
Will Hochul the husband be prosecuting them, while Hochul the wife is administering to them?

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Conservative Catholics Strike Back Against Synod Document Welcoming Gays

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VATICAN CITY A day after signaling a warmer embrace of gays and lesbians and divorced Catholics, conservative cardinals hit back strongly Tuesday (Oct. 14), with one insisting that an about-face on church teaching is “not what we are saying at all.”

After Monday’s release of a document with a softer tone on issues such as “welcoming homosexuals,” American Cardinal Raymond Burke and German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller complained the media was getting a biased view of the bishops’ debate.

“It seems to me that information is being manipulated in a way that gives comment to only one theory instead of faithfully reporting the various positions expressed,” Burke said in a full-page interview published in Italian by the conservative daily, Il Foglio.

“This worries me very much because a significant number of bishops do not accept the ideas of an opening, but few (people) know that.”
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CNN Defends New Slogan

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—The president of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker, attempted on Wednesday to defuse the brewing controversy over his decision to change the network’s official slogan from “The Most Trusted Name in News” to “Holy Crap, We’re All Gonna Die.”

“This exciting new slogan is just one piece of our over-all rebranding strategy,” Zucker said. “Going forward, we want CNN to be synonymous with the threat of imminent death.”

He added that the network expected to see strong ratings growth as a result of having the words “Holy Crap, We’re All Gonna Die” on-screen twenty-four hours a day.

Part of Zucker’s new strategy was on display during Tuesday’s edition of the network’s signature program, “The Situation Room,” in which a visibly ill-at-ease Wolf Blitzer appeared dressed as The Grim Reaper.

“That’s a work in progress,” Zucker said about Blitzer’s makeover. “But once Wolf gets comfortable swinging that scythe, he’s going to be amazing.”

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Town and Village Board Meetings On October 15, 2014

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The Amherst Town Board voted to start a half-million dollar drainage project slated to begin next year.  It should be a huge help to the flooding area of northeast Amherst.  Town Board member Ramona D. Popowich supported the Supervisor.  She said the area needs it.  No one spoke from the audience concerning the budget during public expression.

I also attended the 7:30 Village of Williamsville meeting last evening.  That meeting was very informative.  Several residents asked serious questions concerning the future of the village.  Plans explaining what the Village main street area will look like in the future were explained.

The plans are excellent. The buildings planned for the village in the future look dynamic.  The Village Board did a great job in explaining the plans and buildings which will make up Main St. in the Village.

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The 10 Best Places to Retire on Social Security Alone


We live in a gem of an area.  U.S. News analyzed Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics data to determine where a retired couple age 65 or older could cover their basic expenses, including typical costs for housing, food, utilities, transportation and health care, on this amount.  Buffalo NY ranked in the top 10.

Buffalo, New York

If you can tolerate the cold and snowy winters in this upstate New York city, you’ll be rewarded with a very low cost of living. Senior citizen homeowners pay just $466 monthly in housing costs if they have paid off their mortgage and $1,009 monthly if they are still making payments on their home. The typical rent for retirees age 65 and older is $611 monthly. The City of Buffalo also provides a senior discount card that entitles retirees to a percentage off their purchases when they shop at local businesses, including restaurants, salons and pharmacies.
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Welcome to the Campaign Website to Elect John J. DelMonte for New York State Supreme Court Justice


Editor  I was angry as hell listening to the choices we have to choose from for New York Supreme Court. Mr. John J. DelMonte was the one person who made any sense.

In 2014, the voters of the 8 counties of Western New York will elect five New York State Supreme Court judges. My 34 years of trial and appellate practice in Supreme Court, coupled with my desire to apply my real life experiences as a trial attorney to the arena of public service, make me an ideal candidate to serve the citizens of Western New York.

Nothing makes me happier than to use my legal experience to help people solve their problems and protect their legal rights. A level playing field and the fair and impartial administration of justice in the courtroom to protect the rights of clients have been my focus throughout my career as an attorney. If elected to State Supreme Court, I will serve the community the way I’ve helped thousands of clients get through challenging legal situations…with dignity and a deep and abiding respect for the rights of parties looking to the courts for a fair and just resolution of their legal matters.

I am prepared for the challenging work of being a dedicated and committed judge and would be honored to have your vote in support of my efforts to serve you, your family and community on the Supreme Court bench.

As the campaign progresses, we will keep you informed of our events and how you can help.

For now, I invite you to take a few minutes to explore my website and learn a little about me and why I am running for judge.

If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to give me a call, send an e-mail, or stop by and visit.  I’d love to share my thoughts and hear yours, as well.
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Pastor Knew He Had AIDS, Had Affairs

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Rev. Juan D. McFarland has been the pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for the  past 24 years.  He was well-regarded and his congregation loved him.  Things began to change when he addressed them from the very pulpit where he preached about God’s love and service to the community.  He delivered some stunning revelations: He had had affairs with women in the parish — and neglected to tell them he had AIDS.

Perhaps because McFarland was so well-regarded, the church’s deacons initially had sympathy.

The leadership team did not react wanting to get him out. We wanted to get him help,” said James Long, vice chairman of the board of trustees.

McFarland refused — and in a later sermon dropped another bombshell: He had been abusing drugs.

That was enough. The deacons voted 80-1 to fire him on Oct. 5, but McFarland refused to leave, going so far as to change the building’s locks and the numbers of the church’s bank account before returning to the pulpit on Oct. 12, Long said.
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